Pope's Homily for Nascent Human Life Vigil

11/27/2010 Comments (11)

St. Peter’s Basilica was packed with worshippers this evening for the prayer vigil for nascent human life - the first of its kind, and an express wish of Benedict XVI for the universal Church. The vigil also took place in parishes around the world.

In his homily, Pope Benedict spoke of “cultural tendencies that seek to anaesthetize consciences with misleading motivations. With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism. This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and...READ MORE

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Book-Length Interview with Benedict XVI Published

11/23/2010 Comment

The book “Light of the World. The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times - a conversation of Benedict XVI with Peter Seewald” was launched today at the Vatican. It’s a fascinating and unprecedented series of interviews with a pope, recorded during six one hour sessions in the last week of July at the Holy Father’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo.

The Holy Father is asked many challenging questions, more of course than just the AIDS/condom controversy. What is particularly remarkable - though unsurprising to those who know the Pope - is that he spoke fluidly about almost every issue that was thrown at him (only a few were too complex to deal with in an interview) and that he...READ MORE

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Vatican Clarification on AIDS and Condoms

11/21/2010 Comments (22)

The Holy See Press Office has issued a clarification on the Pope’s comments on condoms and AIDS, according to Vatican Radio:

The head of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement clarifying passages of the book Light of the World, in which Pope Benedict discusses AIDS and condom use.

The statement says Pope Benedict states that AIDs cannot be solved only by the distribution of condoms, and, in fact, concentrating on condoms just trivializes sexuality, which loses its meaning as an expression of love and becomes like a drug.

At the same time, the Pope considered an exceptional situation in which the exercise of sexuality represents a real risk to the...READ MORE

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Vatican TV to go HD and even 3-D

11/16/2010 Comments (3)

A CTV (Vatican Television Center) cameraman stands near Pope Benedict XVI during the Pope's weekly general audience at the Vatican in this file photo. (CNS photo/Chris Helgren, Reuters) (Aug. 21, 2009)

Vatican television is about to go high definition and, later on, even 3-D, thanks to a new mobile unit unveiled today by the Vatican.

The director of Vatican Television Center (CTV), Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi, said that switching to HD had been an “obligatory decision” given that CTV provides video coverage for leading international broadcasters throughout the world which have already switched over to HD TV.

In the future the unit will be able to record and transmit using 3-D technology, which broadcasts side-by-side images from slightly different viewpoints.

The new mobile unit, created by Sony, was funded with the help of the Knights of Columbus.

HD broadcasts will...READ MORE

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Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini - Full Text

11/11/2010 Comments (16)

The Holy Father today released his post-synodal apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini (The Word of the Lord) – a reflection on the 2008 Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which was devoted to “The Word of God in the Life and the Mission of the Church.”

The full text of the document, which is being billed as the most important Church document on Holy Scripture since Dei Verbum, the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (1965), can be found here.

Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, told a Vatican press conference today that the purpose of the document is to communicate the results of the Synod;...READ MORE

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Pope's Letter to Ahmadinejad

11/11/2010 Comments (19)

The Vatican today released Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran. It was sent in response to the president’s letter to the Pope last month.

Full text below:

To His Excellency Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
President of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr President,

I am writing to acknowledge the courteous words of greeting and the reflections that Your Excellency kindly sent me by the good offices of His Excellency Mr Hojjat ol Eslam Haj Sayyed Mohammed Reza Mir Tajjadini, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

It is my profound conviction that respect for the transcendent dimension of the human person is an indispensable condition for the construction of a...READ MORE

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Pope Sends Message to Syriac Archbishop of Baghdad

11/02/2010 Comments (8)

L’Osservatore Romano has this afternoon published a message from Pope Benedict XVI to Archbishop Athanase Matti Shaba Matoka, the Syriac-Catholic archbishop of Baghdad.

The message was sent to coincide with the funerals today of the victims of the terrorist atrocity on Sunday against the Syriac-Catholic community in the Iraqi capital.

According to the latest reports, the attack in the church of Our Lady of Deliverance resulted in 58 deaths, including women and children and two priests. Eighty were injured.

The Pope writes (my translation):

Deeply moved by the violent deaths of so many faithful and of the reverend priests Tha’ir Saad and Boutros Wasim, I wish, on the occasion of the...READ MORE

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Benedict XVI to Make State Visit to Germany in 2011?

11/01/2010 Comments (2)

A German newspaper is reporting today that the Pope wants to make his first official visit to Germany in 2011.

Citing “reliable sources”, the Frankfurter Rundschau said the Pope discussed the visit with the president of the German Bishops Conference, Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, who visited the Vatican last week. It would follow two previous trips by the Pope to his homeland – in 2005 for World Youth Day in Cologne, and in 2006 to Bavaria. Those visits were solely of a pastoral or private nature.

The exact date is not known. Neither the Vatican nor the bishops’ conference have confirmed the report, although Germany’s former President, Horst Köhler, had originally invited him to visit...READ MORE

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Edward is the author of "The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation into Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family", published by Ignatius Press. Follow him on Twitter @edwardpentin